able. You have heard of the fine river and little town which Vernon took, and named, the former Augusta, the latter Cumberland. Since that, they have found out that it is impracticable to take St. lago by sea: on which Admiral Vernon and Ogle17 insisted that Wentworth™, with the land forces should march to it by land, which he, by advice of all the land officers, has refused ; for their march would have been of eighty miles, through a mountainous, unknown country, full of denies, where not two men could march abreast; and they have but four thousand five hundred men, and twenty-four horses. Quires of paper from both sides are come over to the Council, who are to determine from hence what is to be done. They have taken a Spanish man-of-war and a register ship, going to Spain, immensely valuable.
The Parliament does not meet till the first of December, which relieves me into a little happiness, and gives me a little time to settle myself. I have unpacked all my things, and have riot had the least thing suffer. I am now only in a fright about my birthday clothes, which I bespoke at Paris: Friday is the day, and this is Monday, without any news of them!
I have been two or three times at the play, very unwillingly ; for nothing was ever so bad as the actors, except the company. There is much in vogue a Mrs. Woffington 9, a bad actress; but she has life. . . .20
Lord Hartington dines here: it is said (and from his father's21 partiality to another person's father22,1 don't think
17 Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle, Knight ; d. 1750.
18 Lieutenant-General Thomas Weixtworth.
is Margaret Woffington (circ. 1718-1760). She first appeared in London in 1740.
^ Passage omitted.
21 William Cavendish (1698-1755), third Duke of Devonshire; Lord Privy Seal, 1731-33; Lord Steward of the Household, 1733-37, 1744-49; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, 1737-45.
122 Sir Robert Walpole.